Primark Lip Liner Review and Swatches

I tried my first Primark lip liner about 3 months ago. My expectations were very low, I mean how amazing could a £1 lip liner really be? But saying that I was impressed would be an understatement. I was blown away. The Primark lip liners have become one of my most favourite lip liners I’ve ever used. I felt like I had no choice but to write a Primark Lip Liner review for you guys, just in case you were missing out on this amazing steal.

Primark Lip Liner Review and Swatches

There isn’t too much you can say about lip liners, so I am not going to bore you with an essay. Let’s start off with packaging, the liner is cased inside a black pencil and what I really like is that the lid and the bottom of the pencil are the shade of the actual lip liner that is housed inside, which makes picking up the right liner much easier. Might sound like an insubstantial thing, but when you have 10 minutes to get ready for work or run late, you’ll be grateful for the seconds you have by not having to read the tiny print to figure out what shade you picked up! Another thing I noticed and really appreciated was just how easy these lip liners are to sharpen. They sharpen so smoothly, none of that jagged edge sharpening rubbish you get with some other liners.

Now on to the product itself, the lip liner is so rich and pigmented and so creamy. It’s an interesting consistency, it is creamy but still tough enough to stick to your lips rather than slip off. The staying power is great too, the same as any high end lip liner I have tried. I’m used to using lots of MAC lip liners, but I doubt I’ll buy another (except MAC Spice, can’t give that up). These lip liners are just as good, and can I re-iterate that that these lip liners are ONLY ONE POUND.

The colour selection is really generous too, honestly Primark have got this product so right. I picked up the following 8 shades:

  • Red Velvet – A beautiful true nude for my skin tone. It’s not too warm, with the right amount of pink in it to make it really flattering. Interestingly it is called Red Velvet, there is really nothing red about it so not sure where the name choice came from but that aside, it is perfect.

  • Rosewood Mauve – This is a pink mauve, again really flattering and beautiful. It’s an easy to wear shade, you know the ones where you can just apply it and not worry about it clashing, or looking out of place. That is this shade

  • Bordeaux – This is a deep plum shade, it has red undertones which makes it a little bit berry.

  • Toffee –  I love this shade, it is an orange toned brown and perfect along shades such as MAC Taupe, Huda Beauty Trendsetter and Beauty Bakerie Gingersnap which are some of my favourite lip products.

  • Vamp – I was expecting this to be a lot deeper than it actually is, but it is actually a really wearable deep red. Not as vampy as you would think it would be from the packaging which for me is a good thing.

  • Desert Sand – This is a light pinky peach nude, and a shade that is a little too light for my tan skin tone. However I wanted to swatch it for you guys as I know it will suit a lot of other skin tones.

  • Bombshell – This is my kind of summer shade. It’s a no excuses hot pink, a little fluorescent and really beautiful. It reminds me of a MAC shade that I just can’t remember the name of. It is so frustrating when that happens! Either way, I love it.

  • Scarlett – A beautiful, smooth and creamy red. I love this shade and wear it a lot, some of you may know I am a huge red lip wearer so I have tried and tested a lot of red formulas. This is lovely and will suit a range of skin tones.

Out of these, I would say my favourite are Red Velvet, Rosewood Mauve, Bombshell and Scarlett. Red Velvet has quickly become my every day lip liner. I usually pair it with Beauty Bakerie Syruptious and the two just look amazing together. A red lip is a necessity to me so of course Scarlett was going to be a favourite. I’ve been using MAC Ruby Woo liner as my red lip liner and these replaces that without a doubt. It’s creamier, tugs my lips less and looks just as good. I have mentioned it is only £1 right?

To make life a little easier for you, I have decided to create a swatch video so you can see how the lip liners look on me. Of course I am of tan complexion, but if you are not, you will still be able to get the general gist of the shades on offer and know which ones to keep your eyes out for. Also, I haven’t showcased the entire collection. There are still lots more shades to choose from!

You can watch my Primark lip liner swatch video [here]

I really hope you liked my Primark Lip Liner review and swatches, I’ve been meaning to post this forever so I am super glad I managed to before I head off to Bangladesh for 3 weeks! I’d love to know if there is anything else from the Primark beauty range you’d like me to review and swatch, because after all, who doesn’t love an amazing steal. Speak soon, Tanzina x

My Best Friend’s Bridal Shower

Hi Guys! Today’s post is about my latest YouTube videos. Some of you may know a while ago, my best friend got married. 29th of October to be exact. I couldn’t let my best friend get away without a decent goodbye, so I threw her an afternoon tea themed goodbye party. She really didn’t want to have a bridal shower, so really this was my way of throwing her a little something without going completely against her wishes. Luckily I knew her well enough, and she really enjoyed it.

I wanted the event to be something simple and easy, but also something that would look pretty as well. eBay was my best friend through the planning process. Honestly, you can get so many lovely decoration pieces for dirt cheap. Here are a few items I picked up:

  • Pale Pink Cupcake boxes [here]
  • Tutu Table Skirt [here]
  • Confetti Balloons [here]
  • Various Decoration pieces [here]

Of course the event was vlogged, but we were having too many conversations and too much fun to actually remember to pick the camera up and vlog. I ended up deciding half way through that I needed to bulk the vlog up a bit and add some more content, so the get together turned into a ‘How well do you know your Best Friend TAG’. I couldn’t have chosen a better day to film that in hindsight, we were really relaxed and in an environment where we could be very honest and not feel at unease that a camera was pointed at our face. I was initially planning on having the tag and the afternoon tea vlog all in one video, but when I saw that the tag was 24 minutes long in footage, I knew that would be quite difficult so I decided to split the video into two. The TAG video will be uploaded in the next few days, so make sure you subscribe to my channel to ensure you don’t miss it. It is not one to be missed, if you wanted to get to know me better, that’s the tag to watch.

You can watch my best friend’s bridal shower [here].

I also recently uploaded a Primark Haul video, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Primark over the past few years but recently that has definitely been changing. I’m starting to spend quite a few pennies in Primark nowadays, so I thought I would share what I picked up on my latest trip.

You can watch that video [here].

As some of you may know, I am getting a little better at posting on YouTube, so if you haven’t subscribed to my channel please do. I’m hoping you are able to get to know me a little better and also learn a few tips and tricks along the way. If you have any video suggestions, I would love to know. Speak soon, Tanzina x

A Bengali Bride: My Engagement Vlog

Hi loves! Another vlog for you and this one is my engagement vlog. I’ve promised this for you years ago (well at least a year ago) so I finally have delivered on that promise. A little late no doubt, but I hope you still enjoy it regardless. In this vlog you’ll get to see a teensy bit behind the scene of my engagement but for more details please do check out my Bengali Bride series.

My Engagement Vlog

You can watch my vlog [here].

Please do let me know if you enjoyed this video and would like to see more like it. I still have my Bridal Shower and Hen Do footage to edit and upload, so let me know if that is something you would like to see. Oh, don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already and give the video a like! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Wedding Guest Makeup Look + Hair Tutorial

On my social media I get quite a lot of requests for a Wedding Guest makeup look, so today I finally have one for you. Being Bengali, I attend a lot of weddings, and Asian wedding guests tend to wear a lot more makeup than the average western wedding attender. I usually do make effort for the weddings I attend and I try and show my look on Instagram hence why I get requests for tutorials of the looks I created. Today’s look is one that will go with most Asian outfits, especially as nowadays people tend to wear outfits with gold accents over silver accents.

If you aren’t from Southern Asia, and are thinking wow that is a lot of makeup for someone else’s wedding, and you’d be right to think that, but I guess we tend to go a little overboard with these things and it’s become a part of our culture. I think it is a trend that isn’t likely to go away any time soon. So now on to the makeup look, as it is a tutorial, I will let the video do the talking for me but you’ll find a list of the products I used below:

Products Used

Yes To Carrots Day Moisturiser
Soap And Glory Brow Archery Pencil in Dark Chocolate
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer in Nude
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette (Limited Edition)
Jouer Skinny Dip Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveller Palette (Limited Edition)
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner
L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation in 10.0
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunkissed
Becca Blush in Amaretto
Fenty Highlighter in Hustla Baby
Primark Lip Liner in Red Velvet
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Dolce K
Kiss Lashes in Peony

The eBay Brush Sets I use:

Set 1 – White Handle
Set 2 – Black + Rose Gold Handle
Set 3 – Pink Handle 
Set 4 – Rose Gold Handle

Click (here) to watch the video

I should apologise to you guys because I am so quiet on here. I don’t think I’ve been in the right mind frame and I’ll be honest, my motivation is sucking. If I want to carry on doing this for the rest of my life, I really need to pull my socks up. I am hoping to upload a few YouTube videos soon so keep an eye out for those, and remember to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the latest videos.

Thank you so much for watching my Wedding Guest Makeup Look video, as always I’d love any feedback you have. Would you like more videos like these? Don’t forget to subscribe, like, comment and all those lovely things. Speak soon! Tanzina x

Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby Swatches

I’ve been hoarding my Fenty Beauty products for a while now, and finally can start posting about it as I have created a swatch video for my new Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo. I really wanted to do a video on Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby swatches, because when there is a huge hype around a product, sometimes pretty pictures just don’t give you the information you want on the product.

Fenty Beauty Mean Money Hustla Baby Swatches

First Impressions:

I really liked the packaging, like really liked it. I think it has a good weight for a highlighter, love the shape and the fact that it isn’t too bulky and how the mirror has Fenty written on it in teeny tiny writing. In terms of the highlighters themselves, I like the size and how there is two options. Of course Hustla Baby is the standout highlighter but I don’t think Mean Money should be ignored. I liked that there was a more subtle highlighter as they are hard to come by and I’m a little addicted to highlight and think Mean Money would be perfect for work days when you don’t want your highlight too much ‘on fleek’.


Mean Money is described as a soft champagne sheen whereas Hustla Baby is described as a supercharged peachy champagne shimmer. If you’ve watched my video you’ll know which one is my favourite (if you haven’t, then watch it! It’s less than 3 minutes long). I really want to try using Mean Money as a setting powder under my eyes, I don’t know why that is appealing to me but it is. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Longevity: Powder products tend to last well on me, my skin is quite dry, so maybe that helps? I found both highlighters to last me day to night, I didn’t actually time the wear, but I would say it easily lasted over 8 hours on me.

Overall: I love it. I’m so impressed by the fact that this isn’t just a brand that had a celebrity name stuck on it to make money. It seems like the products are genuinely really good quality and a lot of the products are quite unique and just not the norm in mainstream beauty (especially the new Fenty range that is coming out). The highlighter is finely milled, feels silky, isn’t chalky and just the perfect size. I really like the mirror and just am impressed overall. I don’t like the fact that in the UK it is only stocked in Harvey Nichols. I wish it was stocked in somewhere like Debenhams or John Lewis, stores that are found more easily locally – but hey maybe that’s just a tactic to make it more exclusive. Either way, it’s available online so other than base products, I feel like by reading reviews I’ll be able to shop online easily.

Price: I don’t think the products have been overpriced, which again is refreshing. You are looking at MAC prices for the Fenty range, which is nice because they easily could’ve charged more and still had the same demand for the range I think. The highlighter retails for £26 and you can pick it up here.

You can watch the video [here]

I really hope you like watching my XX swatch video, and it is helpful for you when it comes to choosing which highlighter will suit you. Of people of my skin tone, hands down choose XX, it is the most flattering shade for tanned skin like mine. Do let me know if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help. Also let me know if you like videos like these that are quick and easy to watch. Speak soon! Tanzina x